Jakarta: Kwetiau Sapi Aciap


“Other shops may over-boil their Kwetiau, rendering them too soft to munch on. Such an amateurish mistake will never happen at Kwetiau Sapi Aciap, where its Kwetiau noodles are always chewy and tender.”

My visit to Kwetiau Sapi Aciap in Mangga Besar was actually only the second time I’ve been there. Sure, it serves fabulous Kwetiau, but to reach the place can be a laborious task in itself, especially when you’re driving from the southern part of the city. Add to that the chaotic traffic along nearby Jalan Gajah Mada and Jalan Hayam Wuruk – you have to go through these two crowded streets to get there – and you can understand why I don’t make my way there often. Thankfully, Kwetiau Sapi Aciap has opened branches on Jalan Satrio and Jalan Cikajang, which is a godsend for its loyal customers who reside in South Jakarta.

Even though it was established way back in 1975, Kwetiau Sapi Aciap has successfully maintained its reputation as one of the best purveyors of Kwetiau in town. An abundance of choices fill its menu, but if you’ve only got time – and room in your belly – for just the one dish, then you surely have to go for the Kwetiau Siram Sapi (beef flat noodle in gravy), a long-time favourite of many throughout the years.

And that was exactly what I did during my social call at the joint. As soon as I sat my weary bottom, I straightaway ordered the Kwetiau Siram Sapi. The first time I laid my eyes on it, the only visible part of the dish was the green mustard covered in thick gravy. Believe you me when I say that the latter is the best part of the meal, providing the perfect partner to the Kwetiau. Other shops may over-boil their Kwetiau, rendering them too soft to munch on. Such an amateurish mistake will never happen at Kwetiau Sapi Aciap, where its Kwetiau noodles are always chewy and tender.

After gulping down a whole plate of its Kwetiau Siram Sapi, I noticed a picture of Nasi Siram Sapi (beef rice in gravy) pasted on the wall right next to my table. At that point, I suddenly remembered how I’ve always wanted to give it a try during my last visit. Rather than kicking myself for not paying attention to it earlier, I made a promise to myself that I will return here once more to fulfil my dream of tucking in to its Nasi Siram Sapi. But this time, I think I’ll just drive to its outlet over on Jalan Cikajang instead. No offense, Mangga Besar.

Jl. Mangga Besar Raya No. 35
West Jakarta
T: 021 625 3638
Open daily from 2pm-2am
Rp.45,000/US$3.30


A die-hard fan of authentic Indonesian delights who loves the idea of travelling to the cradle of those enticing local treats. Yet, you might often find this young lad busy with his guitar – be it alone in his room or, sometimes, on stage.

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